What is Mastery?

I recently saw an advertisement for a program that claims “90 Days to mastery!” I would love to buy into the program if I thought there was a small chance in hell that I could achieve mastery in 90 days.

Unfortunately I just don’t see how I can master anything in 90 days, I know I am not the sharpest tool in the box, but I do know mastery is more of a journey than a destination. I suppose if I went straight for 22 hours a day, I could accumulate 1980 hours in 90 days which is great but still far short of the 10,000 Hour Rule Malcolm Gladwell, talks about in his book Outliers.

My “hypothetical”program of 22 hours a day is still a 1/5th of the way towards mastery, but then I would most likely suffer from issues like sleep deprivation and lack of cognitive thinking ability. Those issues would effect my ability to practice the right way, hence effecting my goal of mastery.

“The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.”
Robert Greene, Mastery

I bet if Michael Phelps or Da Vinci knew about the 90 day program, it would have saved them 1000’s and 1000’s of wasted hours. Obviously I am joking!

There is an excellent book by Robert Greene, called Mastery. I would highly recommend Mastery if you really want to understand what it takes to master something. I have personally been selling on the telephone for 29 years and no way my skills could have been even close to where they are today, 28 years and 9 months ago. The time on task has to be put in! I agree we can accomplish a ton in 90 days, just not mastery.


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